Chateal is a daily birth control pill that uses a progestin and estrogen to prevent pregnancy. While not offered by Nurx™, it is a pill used by many women. Women who use Chateal will take one pill per day by mouth for 28 days before starting a new pack. The last seven days of the birth control pill packet are placebo pills, meant to reinforce the habit of taking a daily pill even if they aren’t doing anything. Some women skip taking these placebo pills altogether.
- How Does Chateal Work?
When used correctly, Chateal can be more than 90% effective at preventing pregnancy. This is because the birth control pills work in three ways. The hormones in the pill cause the vaginal fluid in the cervix to become thicker, blocking the sperm. They also prevent ovulation so there is no egg to fertilize. They also make the uterine lining thinner, so any fertilized egg can't attach. The lack of ovulation and thin uterine lining is why some women experience lighter periods while taking Chateal.
- Where Is Chateal Available?
You do need a doctor's prescription in order to take Chateal, but this drug is easy to find in most pharmacies. Your local pharmacy may be able to order this pill if you start taking it regularly. Insurance will cover Chateal for the most part, and the packet of pills will cost around $25 for three months worth if you pay out of pocket. These prices may vary depending on your location.
If you are unable to access Chateal in your area, we at Nurx may be able to help. With more than 50 types of birth control, we help women across the country get the prescriptions they need. See if our services are available in your area.
- What Precautions Should I Take With Chateal?
Let your doctor know if you have any allergies or are on any medications before you start Chateal. Mixing medications may cancel out certain benefits, and you could notice worsened side effects by pairing Chateal with other drugs. Your doctor will likely recommend an alternative form of birth control that you can use.
- What Are Some Side Effects of Chateal?
Everyone reacts to medication in various ways, which means you may experience some side effects that others don't. While many women only have mild side effects when taking Chateal (or none at all), there are some risks associated with this form of birth control.
Common side effects include moodiness, breast tenderness, acne, vomiting, headaches, irregular bleeding or spotting between periods, and weight change.
More serious side effects include chest or jaw pain, confusion, sudden dizziness, slurred speech, shortness of breath, yellowing of the skin, and depression. Stop talking Chateal and seek medical attention immediately if these symptoms occur.
- Does Chateal Cause Acne?
Some women have reported worsened acne while taking Chateal, however, this is a normal side effect that comes with most birth control. Most women do not experience acne flare-ups or their acne improves through hormone regulation.
- Does Chateal Have Estrogen?
Yes, Chateal uses a combination of progestin and estrogen to prevent pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you are unable to take an estrogen-based birth control pill.
- What Else Should You Know About Chateal?
Chateal is meant for women who are not pregnant. Do not take Chateal if you are pregnant and talk to your doctor immediately. Chateal is only effective when taken each day at the same time. If you skip days on Chateal and then miss a period, you may be pregnant.
One of the main benefits of taking daily birth control pills like Chateal is that you can stop taking the pill if problems arise. Switch to backup birth control until you and your doctor find the right solution for you.
- How Does Nurx™ Work?
Nurx is a free platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.